THOMASVILLE, N.C. — Two men allegedly held a woman, three teenagers and a 6-month-old baby at gunpoint during a police standoff in Thomasville.
At about 8:24 p.m. Tuesday, officers responded after a report that people were being held against their will at 212-4 Washboard Road.
A witness saw two men go into the home and would not let anyone leave. The suspects reportedly had a gun or knife.
When officers arrived, they tried to make contact with someone inside and heard a female voice shout that someone was holding them at gunpoint.
The Thomasville Special Response Team and Crisis Negotiation Team responded as officers set up a perimeter.
“This is the biggest thing I’ve ever seen in my life,” said Dakota Mashburn, a neighbor who evacuated the area.
A victim was able to tell the CNT that two people with handguns were holding a woman, three teenagers and a 6-month-old baby, at gunpoint.
Donnell Lovell Rogers, 23, of High Point, a suspect, tried to escape through a window at 9:05 p.m.
In the commotion, the victims were able to escape.
Only the second suspect was left inside.
After orders from the SRT, Dominique Dashon Sheppard, 22, of Thomasville, surrendered at 10:48 p.m.
Officers found two handguns in the home.
On Wednesday afternoon, police told FOX8 the crime was not random. They believe it was drug related. Investigators say the two suspects went to the home to take money from someone, but the person was not there.
Sheppard and Rogers are charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, second degree kidnapping, first degree burglary, possession of a firearm by a felon and resisting, delaying and obstructing.
Rogers was also charged with altering the serial number of a firearm.
Sheppard received no bond. Rogers received a $100,000 bond.
More charges are still pending.